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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2003 Aug;13(4):413-20.

Mouse visual cortex.

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  • Max-Planck-Institut für Neurobiologie, Am Klopferspitz 18A, D-82152 Martinsried, Germany. mark@neuro.mpg.de


Neurons in mouse visual cortex have diverse receptive field properties and they respond selectively to specific features of visual stimuli. Owing to the lateral position of the eyes, only about a third of the visual cortex receives input from both eyes, but many cells in this region are binocular. Similar to higher mammals, closing one eye during a critical period shifts the responses of cells, such that they are better driven by the non-deprived eye. In this review I illustrate how the combination of transgenic mouse technology with single cell recording and modern imaging techniques might lead to a further understanding of the mechanisms that underlie the development, plasticity, and function of the mammalian visual cortex.

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